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September 3rd, 2017

Fiesta!

Yes, worldcon belongs on Labor Day weekend, dammit, just as I said below.

But there is one cool thing about being home on Labor Day. That's the weekend that Santa Fe celebrates its annual Fiesta, and the burning of Zozobra.

Old Man Gloom went up on Friday, for the 93rd year. Forget your Burning Man! Santa Fe is the original. (Okay, Zozobra doesn't have an Orgy Dome. Score one for Reno).






Next year, forget the desert, come to Santa Fe for Fiesta. You can watch Zozobra burn, eat some green chile, catch a movie at the Jean Cocteau, and see Meow Wolf.

And we have water!

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Dragon Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Dragon Awards, presented at Dragoncon in Atlanta. You can find the list here: http://awards.dragoncon.org/2017_winners/



I understand that 8,000 votes were received this year, twice last year's turnout. If that trend continues, the Dragons may have a long and successful future ahead of them as the People's Choice Award of science fiction and fantasy, a broadbased popular anyone-can-vote award that will complement the Hugo Awards (the Oscars of science fiction and fantasy) and the Nebulas (the guild awards, like the DGA/ WGA/ SAG awards in film and TV).

I was especially pleased to see BABYLON'S ASHES take the Dragon for the Best SF Novel of the year. A terrific piece of work, as all the EXPANSE books have been. James S.A. Corey, that two-headed monster, is doing something remarkable there, and if they stick the landing with the final books I think they will have created a classic.



Congratulations also to STRANGER THINGS, which won the Dragon as the best SF/ fantasy TV show. I don't know the people who do the show, but I've certainly enjoyed and admired their work.

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